A two-meter-long python was found in a playground at a Hong Kong public housing estate in Kowloon on Wednesday.

At 1am, when a security guard was patrolling the area outside Kai Cheung House of Kai Yip Estate in Ngau Tou Kok, he saw a large snake in a bush, Oriental Daily reported. He immediately called the police.

Police officers called in a snake expert surnamed Ho for assistance.

When Ho found the snake he grabbed it behind its head and pulled it out of the bush. A struggle ensued, but finally Ho was able to put the snake into a bag.

Ho identified the snake as a male Burmese python, between five and six years old and about two meters long. He believed that it came out to look for food in the bush.

The Burmese python is protected in Hong Kong, according to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.